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Thursday 13 October 2016

Winery rolls out a massive solar project

The Yealands Wine Group today rolled out the largest solar panel initiative in New Zealand at its Marlborough winery. 

Founder Peter Yealands, who has long been at the forefront of winery sustainability, said the unveiling underlined the company's belief in renewable energy. 

The installation at the company’s Seaview Vineyard of  918 photovoltaic panels brings to 1,314 the number of panels on its winery roof. 

This means the vineyard is now capable of generating 411.12 kiloWatts of solar power – the equivalent to powering 86 New Zealand homes - while offsetting 82 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

“We already had a pretty substantial solar array in place, but it takes a lot to power any kind of building and a winery’s no different," said Yealands. "By increasing the size of our solar array we will decrease our reliance on the national grid and generate 30% of the power we require to power our tank coolers, computers, you name it. 

"I've always been passionate about renewable energy and also about self-reliance. We have been carbon neutral since inception but that doesn't mean we can just sit back. Our new solar panels will further help reduce our carbon emissions and keep us true to our claim of being the most sustainable winery in the world.” 

The solar panel installation took a six-person team four weeks to complete. The panels were installed on the northern side of the winery’s roof to ensure optimum solar energy capture throughout the day and allow for the maximum number of panels to be installed.

The Yealands Wine Group includes Yealands Estate, Crossroads, and The Crossings brands. 

The combined entity is now one of the largest privately-owned wine companies in New Zealand, with a global reach of more than 70 international markets.

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